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02 February 2012

Omega-3 fatty acids help older adults

Older adults who had the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids, most commonly found in fish, were 30% less likely to later develop an irregular heartbeat.

Older adults who had the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids, most commonly found in fish, were 30% less likely to later develop an irregular heartbeat than peers with the lowest blood levels of omega-3s, according to a US study.

"A 30% lower risk of the most common chronic arrhythmia in the United States population is a pretty big effect," said Dariush Mozaffarian, senior author of the study and a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.

 
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